Washington This Week CSPAN July 18, 2015 8:25pm-8:50pm EDT
please welcome back franklin's and welcome to iowa and to the family leadership summit, businessman donald trump. [applause] donald trump: beautiful. look at that. hello. that is very good. frank: i want to ask you, how many of you believe the majority of politicians in washington play by their own set of rules
and don't tell the truth? raise your hand. does anyone trust anyone in washington? audience: no. frank luntz: second question, this is appropriate to you. what is most important in the next president? political experience or business experience? who says political? raise your hand. who says business experience, raise your hands. i think both. so i need to ask you, the most important attribute of a successful workforce is the education and training. it is a major issue out there and i know how focused you are on getting the best employees. common core has been very controversial. the president has had to step back on it. what should the next president do with common core and with
education? mr. trump: a great question. common core has to be ended. it is a disaster. [applause] it is a way of taking care of the people in washington that frankly i don't even think they give a damn about education, half of them. i am sure some of you may be do. frank luntz: do you want to use that word? mr. trump: i will, i will. because people want to hear the truth, frank. exactly what frank said is what is wrong with our country. we are so politically correct that we cannot move anymore. [applause] you know? frank luntz: wait a minute. mr. trump: we have to be able to express ourselves. frank luntz: but don't we go too far? don't you feel that you went too far in what you call -- coming across the border.
mr. trump: oh, no, not at all. let me tell you, not at all. two things. i am so proud of the fact that i got dialogue started on illegal immigration. and people in the media, and all fairness, they were very rough on me in that first week and now many have apologized to me. it has turned out i was right. someone in san francisco was shot by someone illegal who was here five times. they couldn't do anything about it and now everybody is saying that trump was right. i tell you, i took a lot of abuse. i had disloyal people like macy's. havesaid we are going to two drop you. i said, i don't care. i never liked them that much
because they were made in china. and never matter that much. obviously, they appreciated. frank luntz: but referring to people as rapists. hero, aed to, a war dummy. is that appropriate for running for president? mr. trump: you have to let me speak, frank, because you interrupt me all the time. let's take john mccain. i'm in phoenix. we have a meeting that is going to have 500 people. we get a call from the hotel. turmoil. thousands of people are showing up days before. 3, 4, the hotel says, we cannot handle this. we move it to the convention center. we have 15,000 people. the biggest one ever. bigger than bernie sanders,
and everyone knows it. a beautiful day with incredible people who were wonderful great americans. i will tell you. -- donald trump makes my life difficult. i said, they were not crazy. they were great americans. i know what crazy is. i know all about crazies. people are not crazy. and he insulted everyone in that room and i said someone should run against john mccain, and i supported him. for president. i pledged a million dollars frame. he let us down. he lost. i didn't like him as much after that. he was aware hero. -- he is a war hero.
whotrump: i like people were not captured. -- luntz: he is aware hero he is a war hero because he was captured. said, john mccain, i disagree with him that these people are crazy and i speak the truth. he graduated last in his class at annapolis i said, no one knows that. he was upset. why? for telling the truth. you're not supposed to say that someone graduates last in their quest because yours was this -- you are supposed to be very nice. i want to make america great again. we don't want to listen to his stuff and be politically correct. we have a lot of work to do. frank, the other day hillary -- i didot up and said
not like mr. trump's joan. we have people, christians, having their heads chopped off in the middle east. we have people dying over the border. , like medieval times, and she said -- i did not like his tone. what does it have to do with tone? we want results. this group wants results. [applause] we have people -- mr. luntz: we have people lined up for questions. word christian. have you ever ask god for forgiveness? toughump: that is a question. i am a religious person. shockingly. i am protestant. i am presbyterian. i go to church and i love god and i love my church. norman vincent peel with my
pastor. the positive -- the power of positive thinking. he was so great. he would give a sermon and no .ne ever wanted to leave you dr. norman vincent peel would mon -- i am telling you, i still remember his sermons. he would bring real-life situations, modern-day situations into the sermon. you could listen to him all day long. and you left the church, you are disappointed that it was over. he was the greatest guy. he passed away. he wrote -- the power of positive thinking. mr. luntz: but, have you ever asked god for forgiveness> mr. trumps? mr. trump: i don't think so.
if i do something wrong, i try make it -- i try to right. i don't bring god into the picture. when we go to church, and i , that is attle wine form of asking for forgiveness. i do that as often as possible because that is a way i feel cleansed. in terms of officially -- i could say absolutely, i don't think in those terms. i think -- let's go on and let's make it right. [applause] mr. luntz: microphone one please. we respectfully remember the 1992 elections. would you go on record today and say, if you cannot get the nomination come you will not run as a third-party candidate? no.trump: i will not go on record and say that.
-- thishis country country has great potential but soon it will not have that potential because it is being drained by incompetent leaders. for example, the iranian deal. just this morning, and yesterday, secretary kerry, who is the worst negotiator. verytary kerry said strongly -- we did not want to bring up the hostages and complicated deal. how is that complicating the deal that we want our hostages back? irans just announced that got one of their leading nuclear scientist that as part of their deal. just announced this morning. iran, in addition to making an unbelievable deal, which will make them one of the most powerful countries, we are
giving them billions of dollars we should not be giving them we did not get our hostages back which is terrible, because they did not want to complicate. we didn't want to complicate the negotiations. when obama was asked that , theion the other day anger in his face at being asked that question and he said -- we did not want to complicate things. iran just got their big scientist back and we decided -- we just found out about it this morning. we are run by a group of incompetent people who are destroying our country. [applause] can i say one other thing? nobody deals with politicians more than i do. i contributed to everybody. they did whatever i said. everybody. [laughter] i contributed to hillary
clinton. i was a businessman. why would my? n't i? i told them to be at my wedding. mr. luntz: which wedding? [laughter] mr. trump: my last wedding. businessman, you have understandings and other things to do. i am very proud of my record. no politician in my opinion, i know them all, i watch them, a talk about the moon and the sunshine -- people want jobs. no politician is going to get this country back. i am sort of a politician because i have been dealing with them all of my life. if you cannot win and make a lot of money with politicians, you're not very good.
i don't think anyone has dealt with them any better. sl of the people, when you $100 million, those people are controlled by those who gave them the money. they are lobbyists and special interests and donors. arell tell you that they under total control. when bush has to make a decision, can you imagine this guy negotiating against china? we have no chance. who would you rather have negotiating against china? trump or bush? as luntz: this is a summit opposed to a political effort. you can afford the lawyers against the irs, i cannot. mr. trump: i know. mr. luntz: question for microphone two. >> you talked about your faith
how yourand i wonder faith and family has influenced -- have influenced how you raise your children. mr. trump: i have five wonderful children. i get questions similar to that because my children have done well. eric -- my three oldest children have done well. they have gone into business and they are solid. they have not been in trouble. more than any other question i get from people is -- how did you raise your kids? one of them was through the church, very important. where i grewrch up, a first presbyterian church in jamaica queens and that is where i grew up and that is where i went to church. i did all of the things that a lot of folks in this room did. it was an important element.
church was. the other important element was that from the time they are two years old, no drugs, no alcohol, no cigarettes. said -- daddy,e you are driving me crazy. she did not even know what drugs were. i see so many children get under the influence of drugs and alcohol and their are brilliant successful people. they have no chance. under theare influence of the drugs and alcohol, life is too tough. i was very strong with my children. no drugs, no outlaw. and i threw in cigarettes. mr. luntz: you often have dinner with your kids? mr. trump: almost always. i am always available to my children. theuld be in the middle of
biggest, most important deal. for example, if my daughter called me right now, i would say goodbye. available to my children. actually a great father. i was a better father than i was always been. the reason was, i was a worker. they were very good women but i was always working. i was creating jobs, i was building jobs, i was doing legitimate stuff and it was very -- and i blamen myself, no one else. it was a work thing. it was very hard for anyone to compete against the work. that was not good. mr. luntz: what advice you have? -- what advice do you have when you try to prioritize your
career and family? what is the best way to get that right? i know most of the successful people in the world. apartment to a chinese person for $55 million. i like china. i just don't appreciate that their leaders are so much smarter than our leaders and they were. all of the time. same with mexico. i love the mexican people. thousands of them work for me. i just don't like that the mexican leaders are ripping off our country because they are smarter and more cunning than our leaders and our negotiators. between the trade and the border they are killing us. mr. luntz: your press conferences would take forever. [laughter] mr. trump: i was trying to get out the point. mr. luntz: career and family -- how do you balance?
peoplemp: the happiest are the people that have good families. i know the richest people in the world, i know the toughest people in the world, i know the most brutal people. great negotiators, great business people. not nice people. at the happiest people. smart,e very rich, very and i would use them to negotiate against japan. i will tell you, they are not the happiest people. the happiest people i see have great families. [applause] just to take that a step further, and i tell this to people all of the time, they asked me how to get rich? time, them all of the because i have seen it, those
people that have the great people those are the that i have seen that are the happiest. people always want more. they could have 2 billion and they want 6 billion. they always want more. in the end, they are not happy. i don't know. religion is a very big factor also. i have seen people who have a great family and god and church, and they love their church. i have friends who love to go to church and help their people -- and help their children. mr. luntz: this audience will be disappointed if i don't ask this question. what is your relationship with god? mr. trump: i pray. i go to church. , io things that are wrong
guess so. i am a business person. i really do well at business. i have done great. i have made great deals. i on some of the greatest properties in the world. i think god helped me. me by giving me a certain brain. school --a phenomenal the wharton school. i did well there. with a certain intellect that is good for this. essentially, when you boil it that we need a president is going to be able to make deals, great deals, because we are getting killed. our gdp went down in the first quarter. it became negative.
when china goes up 7%. in china, they are going crazy. negative number. it is unheard of. fairlys down substantially and i think it will continue to go down which means we are getting smaller but we have more people. many of home have -- many of whom have come across the border. we need someone that can take our jobs back from china and mexico because we are going to help. our country is going to hell. we need someone that is going to be able to bring our jobs back. [applause] of luntz: so, i know part this responsibility is to be able to understand who these people are. not just about policy. i want to give you a chance to close with the issues that you want to do.
leaders are required to set priorities. ourur economic health or moral health more important for the next president to prioritize? can do both,u frank. it does not have to be one without the other. [applause] if i am elected president, they cannot create jobs like me. they cannot negotiate with china like i can. other single country in the world. if i can make the country strong financially, it is a lot easier for the country morally. if you look at what is going on. we are in serious trouble. our military -- we send weapons to our allies, and shots are 2300 humvees.lose
we do not know what we are doing. if i can make our country really strong, i would focus on the military. i would focus on the veterans. they are treated like fourth class citizens. that is part of the morality. these people went out and fought breast and they are great people. they are treated so badly. i have been with veterans who say they go to a doctor's office in one of the places and they wait five days in a reception area before they get to see a doctor. that is bad morally. your question is very good but i think we have to go hand-in-hand. nationntry is a better -- a debtor nation, we have to make our country rich again. we have to make a great again. we cannot let other parts of the world steel our country, our
jobs, our manufacturing. with that being said, the morality of this country with the right president, president obama, i thought he would be a good president. do is be ae would great cheerleader for the country. he has been horrible. mr. luntz: does he love america? mr. trump: i hope so. mr. luntz: is he a moral president? mr. trump: i don't know. ask his wife. [laughter] [applause] hoping, and i thought, the one thing i thought about him, i saw him speaking in germany -- i thought he would be of the cheerleader for the country. he has been horrible. he has been divisive. he has not even called kate's killed.ho was
he has nottell -- called the family of kate steinle. illegal immigrant killed her. he should not have been here. i think morality and i think success go hand in hand. you do not have to have one without the other. mr. luntz: ladies and gentlemen, donald trump. you.rump: thank and you everyone. -- thank you everyone. i get a standing ovation. other people do not. [applause]